Curt Cornelius is a professional working actor having been active in the entertainment industry for over 33 years. Commercially, he has over 100 national network spots to his credit. In addition, he's appeared in over 3 dozen films & TV shows. Born and raised in the heart of Southern California, Curt Cornelius fell for the arts at the very young age of nine years old. His affinity for the magic of cinema was sparked sometime in between the seventh and eighth time he saw "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" in his local movie theatre...Needless to say, that magic has yet to let go of his imagination. Through his acting & creativity, Curt found an outlet to truly be himself and a safe environment in which to do so. His journey commenced on the stages of South Coast Repertory. He first began as a student in their classrooms, and later performed as a young actor in their productions. Curt's most notable role on SCR's Main Stage was that of Young Scrooge in the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" opposite Hal Landon Jr. His career in Hollywood followed shortly thereafter. With the help of a dear family friend, Curt found himself with representation in no time. Hence, his quest to put his talents to the test was under way. With additional training & persistence, Curt worked consistently as a professional actor throughout his teenage years. Upon Graduating with Honors from Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California, Curt decided to further enrich his mind. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles - and four years later he graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. Post college, Curt fully resumed his acting career once again. However, this time, as an adult. His filmography includes Feature Films, Animated Features, Made for TV Movies, Episodic Television, Video Games, Web Series, Short Films, Commercials, Radio Ads & New Media. Curt has studied with South Coast Repertory, Karen Hensel, John de Lancie, Diane Doyle, Martha McFarland, Terrance Hines, Jeffrey Hutchinson, and, most notably, Julie Ariola. Curt is very grateful to be a working professional in the entertainment industry. He loves his craft and realizes just how blessed his life has been thus far. Full Bio »
Hi, Curt Cornelius here! I'm a professional working actor and have been active in the entertainment industry for over 33 years. Commercially, I have over 100 national network spots to my credit, as well as over 3 dozen film & TV shows.
In my Stage 32 Next Level Webinar we will discuss, in detail, the current commercial climate, union VS. non-union VS. Fi-Cor Ads, one's materials - including headshots, how to construct a resume and/or a reel and their vital importance. I'll also touch on the online submission game and the importance of creating one's social media presence. We'll also chat about commercial classes and workshops, and even the first steps in regards to how to land an Agent. And, lastly, I'll chat about the commercial audition itself - offering my best advice, knowledge, experience and tools in just how to give your best audition and win the room.
CURRENT COMMERCIAL CLIMATE
UNION VS. NON-UNION VS. FI-COR
ONLINE CASTING WEBSITES & SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE
LANDING AN AGENT
THE AUDITION ITSELF – BRINGING YOUR “A” GAME
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What is a "Premiere Spotlight" Webcast?In order to shine a light on our talented Stage 32 members we are announcing a new series called the "Premiere Spotlight" to take you behind the scenes on how some of the top feature films and television shows have come together on the day they premiere! What Premiere is Being Featured on April 27? Get behind-the-scenes access to HBO’s THE SURVIVOR, directed by Academy Award Winner Barry Levinson and starring SAG-Award nominee Ben Foster. In this intimate conversation between Stage 32 member and producer Scott Pardo and Stage 32’s Education Director Sam Sokolow before the film premieres as they discuss the process of bringing this real-life story to the screen. About "The Survivor"Based on the book HARRY HAFT: SURVIVOR OF AUSCHWITZ, CHALLENGER OF ROCK MARCIANO, by Alan Haft, the story follows Harry Haft, a boxer who survived Auschwitz by winning bare-knuckle bouts for the perverse entertainment of SS officers. Determined to find freedom and his first love, Haft traveled to America and began a career as a professional boxer, quickly finding success using his sharp instincts and fierce confidence. The film is directed by Barry Levinson, the Academy Award-winning director of RAIN MAN, with a script by Justine Juel Gillmer (THE 100). It also features an all-star cast, including Ben Foster (HELL OR HIGH WATER) as Haft, Vicky Krieps (PHANTOM THREAD), Billy Magnussen (NO TIME TO DIE), Peter Sarsgaard (JACKIE), Saro Emirze (WILSBERG), Dar Zuzovsky (HOSTAGES), Danny DeVito (IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA), and John Leguizamo (LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS). A team at USC Shoah Foundation aided the film’s production, providing detailed historical consulting in addition to access to the testimony of Haft, filmed in 2007 and preserved within USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive. About the Webcast Join Scott and Sam for Stage 32’s Premiere Spotlight Webcast to see how the team brought the epic journey to HBO, plus, you have the chance to ask Scott any questions that you have!Come support your fellow Stage 32 member on his premiere! Join Scott and Stage 32’s Premiere Spotlight Webcast to see how the team brought the epic journey of Harry Haft to HBO on April 27 at 11AM PST. "The Survivor" premieres on Wednesday April 27 on HBO, be sure to support your fellow Stage 32er and tune in to the premiere!
Netflix and Stage 32 have partnered on an exclusive global education series in an effort to democratize the worldwide entertainment industry. Together, over the course of 5 webcasts Stage 32's world class educators will bring their knowledge of what it takes to write, develop and produce today's television for the Stage 32 and Netflix creator community. In our second webinar in series, we are going to talk about how you can effectively write a TV series to budget. More television than ever is being made and consumed. With streamers like Netflix looking for new, exciting, original stories from all over the world to produce, you have to put yourself in the best position to make sure your story stands out. But, the truth is that an intriguing story in today's marketplace is not enough. You have to look at the practicalities of making your story into a television series, and with that, you have to think about how what you write will affect the budget. Getting a clear understanding of how to think about budget when you are writing will help give you the competitive advantage you need to get you closer to your greenlight. To help you is Jeanette B. Milio, a producer who has worked on over 500 hours of film and television content in the US, Europe, Dubai and South Africa. She produced the Netflix Original THE EXPERIMENT starring Adrian Brody and Forrest Whittaker and has worked with ABC/Disney, USA, Showtime, TLC, CW, Discovery, Lionsgate, Paramount and more. She has also consulted for the international co-production department of Warner Bros. in the U.S. and Germany, which was focused on producing local feature content in Europe. In this exclusive Stage 32 + Netflix webinar, Jeanette will go in-depth on how to think about your characters, locations and scenes when you are writing to give your script the best chance of being produced. She will go over how decisions you make at the script stage have a trickledown effect that affect an entire production and how you, as a writer, can be a valuable member of the team by thinking about these things as you are writing your story. She will break down writing exercises you can use to apply to your characters and locations and give you handouts that you can use to apply to your own script. You will walk away with a clearer understanding of how you can give your story a competitive advantage by thinking through characters, locations and scenes as you are writing. Some examples will be used from notable TV shows on network, cable, and streaming platforms including: ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING SQUID GAME MADMEN THE BOYS EUPHORIA QUEEN'S GAMBIT SUPERSTORE PLUS! you will receive the following worksheets to help you analyze your own script: Character Trait Breakdown sheet Location Sheet Note: You will receive the Zoom link to login by the morning of the webinar. If you are not yet a member of the Stage 32 community, we encourage you to join the community today at www.stage32.com, it is FREE! You will instantly connect with over 800,000 creatives and professionals in the entertainment industry from all over the world who use Stage 32 to network, find work, learn and develop their projects. YOU MUST HAVE A STAGE 32 PROFILE TO WATCH YOUR VIDEO.
Mentoring in a virtual class setting with Tiffany Boyle, President of Packaging at Ramo Law PC - exclusively through Stage 32! Learn how to attach producers, actors, directors and financing to your project, and get access to exclusive handouts including sample pitch decks, one-sheets and email templates. The art of packaging—and it is an art—requires juggling many elements at the same time, but it usually comes down to three major factors—attaching a producer or production company, attaching talent (actors and director), and attaching financing. Each is its own unique process, yet at the same time, all are invariably tied to one another—your success with one will usually aid your success with the others. Beyond these three elements, understanding how to pitch your project is vital. No matter how many producers, talent, and other attachable elements you approach, none of it will come to fruition if you don’t have a good pitch and the right materials to send. So how do successfully producer or filmmaker package their project? How can you navigate politics, relationships, and the industry as a whole to secure the elements you need for success? We have you covered. Since joining Ramo Law in 2009, Tiffany Boyle has leveraged her business-oriented sales and packaging skills to bring hundreds of films and documentaries to fruition. Since 2018 alone, Tiffany has optimized clients’ financial and business positions on more than 35 films and documentaries. Through her critical review of content and strategic use of Ramo Law resources, Tiffany creates successful content packaging that bridges the needs of both client and industry demands. In addition to all these skills, Tiffany also served as a co-executive producer and brought in financing for films like SOMETHING ELSE (Tribeca 2019) and ARKANSAS starring Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn. She led the sales and packaging for TRAGEDY GIRLS (SXSW 2017) and FREAKS (Toronto IFF 2018), she brought foreign financing to ASHES IN THE SNOW (Los Angeles FF 2018) starring Bel Powley, and she sold an autobiography to Hulu for development into a limited television series. Tiffany has seen it all when it comes to film and TV packaging and understands what filmmakers need to do to find success with this tricky process. In this advanced level and intensive 4-session class, Tiffany will break down the best practices and the steps you should take in securing attachments in order to give your project a strong, marketable package. In her first session she will focus on the initial step you should take of attaching a producer/production company to help shepherd your project forward. Next Tiffany will walk you through how to get both significant actors and directors to pay attention and get attached to your project. In her third session she will delve into financing and teach you everything you need before you approach financiers, the different types of financing there are, and who to approach to secure funding. Finally, Tiffany will walk you how to present your project by explaining what you should pitch, how you should pitch it, and, when you get that bite of interest, what materials you should send next. Along the way, Tiffany will provide exclusive and valuable handouts that you can take with you for your own projects, including: Sample Pitch Deck One Sheets Sample Outreach Email Templates for Agents, Financiers and Others
The COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine have changed the film and television industry profoundly. Like it or not, we’re thinking about movies differently now, we’re making them differently, we’re selling them differently, and we’re watching them differently. Studios, buyers, and producers are keenly aware of this shift and are applying this to how they are choosing their next projects. As a writer, understanding how the industry is changing and what people are now looking for can make all the difference in being able to take the next steps in your career. With so many new obstacles and challenges now involved in making a film, producers have to weigh a lot more factors when choosing their next projects, including which movies will be safest to put together. Small details in scripts—scenes or moments that might have been no big deal to include as recently as a year ago—might now be all it takes for a producer or financier to reject. So how does production during COVID look like and how can you make your script work and come across as more attractive within these constraints? Let’s take a closer look. Multi Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Shane Stanley has worked in almost every capacity on and off the set with hit shows like ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and SEINFELD and producing films like Sony Pictures’ GRIDIRON GANG a #1 box office hit starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. For three years, Shane was Vice President of Sheen/Michaels Entertainment where he produced several motion pictures starring Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Hayden Church, Donald Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Sean Penn, John Travolta, and Charlie and Martin Sheen. Shane continues to produce and direct independent films of all levels, including the action thriller BREAK EVEN and action comedy DOUBLE THREAT, currently in production. Shane recently released his book What You Don’t Learn In Film School, which covers filmmaking from concept to delivery and has already landed on required reading lists at several universities across the country. Shane continues to produce films during COVID and is well versed on what it takes to put a film together in this unique time. Shane will dive deep into how producers are operating in the time of COVID-19 and how you can make your script “COVID-friendly” and more attractive for producers to work on. He will begin by outlining how production has changed since COVID, including the biggest new hurdles, new guild requirements, and what’s keeping talent from signing on. He’ll explain what’s making movies more expensive to produce and what locations are now ideal or no longer easy to shoot in. He will next delve into what a COVID-friendly script looks like to a producer. He’ll talk about what kind of stories producers and buyers are seeking out, what red flags in your script will keep producers from signing on and how many characters are too many now. He will also discuss locations as well as the genres and themes that buyers are now gravitating towards. Shane will then discuss how to adjust your script to fit this new era, including deciding whether it’s worth adjusting or saving until things are safer and how to find compromise and middle ground when making changes. Finally, Shane will give you tips on how to get a producer on board during this time. This is a tricky time for everyone, but Shane will give you the lowdown to be smarter and more strategic in finding opportunities and success.
Having a great idea for a television series or movie is one piece of the writing process. But introducing characters into your world, characters with layers and depth and nuances and flaws, is a huge piece of the writing process that often missed. Whether you're a new writer or someone that's more experienced, creating grounded and believable characters can always be challenging. Yet if you can clear this hurdle and paint fantastic characters, it’s no holds barred. There can be something very intimidating about creating people out of nothing and building your story's characters from scratch. In the real world, people are complicated, nuanced, and hard to fully nail down or encapsulate. Yet creating an incomplete representation of a person and a less-than developed character is instantly noticeable to the audience, and of course to decision makers and actors who might be considering your script. It's a process that would be a lot easier with a shortcut, and a spelled out guide for how to develop your own story's characters. Believe it or not, though, this writing hack already exists. Sara B Cooper is an accomplished and experienced TV writer and producer with over 30 years in the industry writing for standout shows like THE X-FILES, CHICAGO HOPE, HOUSE, and HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS. Over her storied career, Sara has learned from and worked with TV icons like Chris Carter, David E. Kelley, Tom Fontana, David Mamet, and Eric Roth. Beginning her writing career on science fiction shows like STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, Sara has been able to pivot to other genres like police procedurals, medical dramas, and even feature films like LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER with Angelina Jolie. Sara continues to write and consult on many TV projects in both the U.S. and Canada and serves as a writing coach and mentors young writers through the WGA and WGC. Sara's deep experience writing characters, producing character-driven television shows and coaching newer writers to find their own voice has given her valuable knowledge in the art of character development, as well as useful tools and shortcuts any writer can apply to their own project. During this information packed webinar, Sara will show you a surprisingly effective strategy and shortcut to help build out your own characters and aid them in being three-dimensional, authentic and memorable. This method is based on the Enneagram, a model that explores nine personality types. Using the Enneagram as a guide, Sara will show you how to better define your characters, explore how they should interact with each other, and dig into more nuanced factors like speech patterns, reactions, behaviors. Sara will show you how to use this model not only for your TV or feature script, but also for your bible, character descriptions, and pitch. Leaning on notable examples and case studies to help, Sara will demonstrate how her Enneagram model may be the key you're missing to fully developing your own characters and making your project more desirable for execs, producers and other decision makers.
Hello Creative Army! Well, we did it. We made it to the end of 2020. I believe you will welcome me in saying, hasta la vista to this wild year. 2020 has been a challenge, to say the least, but it has not been without a silver lining or two (or twenty...if we're being optimistic). Over the last year, the entire Stage 32 team has been working tirelessly to help you stay connected, creative, motivated, and informed. As always, we are committed to bringing you networking opportunities, education and mentoring from top-level industry executives and professionals, and access to decision-makers around the globe all from the comfort of your own home. Every day, the Stage 32 team is on the phone and communicating with industry professionals. Our goal is to have our finger on the pulse of what's happening in the moment, so you have the tools you need to make moves in your careers. 2020 was not without its faults, but there has never been a better time to take stock of your career and get ready to step on the gas and dominate as we enter into what I am calling The Great Content Gold Rush of 2021. So I invite you to kick 2020 straight in the ass and enter 2021 on a high by joining me for my final AMA of the year. As part of our Holiday Jump Start, I was thrilled to be hosting the "Ask Me Anything" F@#$ 2020 Edition. ALL creatives and professionals were welcome. Looking to further your craft? Now's the time. Looking to learn more about the business? We got into that. Want to find out what I'm hearing from our roster of execs what's going to be happening industry wide in 2021? Let's F@#$'ing rock. As always, registering for my AMA is completely FREE and it's available for immediate viewing! And the more the merrier, so do invite any of your fellow creative friends and peers on your social media channels, your email lists, and through your online groups to join us as well. If you missed my last few AMA's, you can view them here! Now you can say F@#$ off to 2020 with me. Cheers! RB